Nigeria beat Ethiopia 2-0 in World Cup qualifying playoff to book Brazil slot

CALABAR, Nigeria (Sporting Alert) — Nigeria booked their place into next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament with a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in their CAF World Cup qualifying play-offs on Saturday to take the two-way tie 4-1 on aggregate.

The Super Eagles, who defeated the Ethiopians 2-1 in the first leg in Addis Ababa, on Oct. 13 to take a slight advantage into the second leg, got goals from Victor Moses, who is on loan at Liverpool and Victor Obinna.

Moses netted the opener when he converted a penalty kick in the 20th minute, his third penalty against Ethiopia in 2013, following his two at this year’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations, while Obinna sealed the win eight-miutes from time at UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Nigeria, with a free-kick.

Nigeria, who became the first African team to qualify for Brazil next year, were booking their fifth World Cup finals spot in six tries.

Teams

Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama, Godfrey Oboabona, Uwa Echiejile, Efe Ambrose, Ahmed Musa, Ideye Brown, Emmanuel Emenike, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo

Ethiopia: Sisay Bancha, Alula Girma, Asrat Gobena, Aynalem Hailu, Bargicho Salahadin, Butako Abebaw, Getaneh Gibeto, Girma Adane, Minyahile Beyene, Salahdin Ahmed, Shemeles Bekele.

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